In this unit students will learn:
- the musical alphabet
- their finger numbers
- about the stave, and treble and bass clefs
- the notes middle C – G in the treble clef
- the notes F – middle C in the bass clef
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Note flash cards including:
- All notes within the treble and bass clef staves
- Notes up to and including two ledger lines above and below the treble and bass clef staves.
Use which ever notes you need for the individual pupil. You may find it helpful to colour code them by using different coloured card for the notes that belong to different levels.
- Using finger number flash cards, ask students to tap out finger patters on the lid of the piano. These finger patterns could relate to a piece you are going to use. Alternatively, ask students to tap out a piece on the lid of the piano before playing it on the keys.
- Ask students to play all keys of a specific letter on the piano (as an extension to this ask them to play loud/soft, or with some other characteristic)
- Ask students to write in finger numbers or letter names for the pieces they are learning. Alternatively ask them to highlight all notes of a particular letter on the page. I like to use Frixion Highlighters for this.
- Ask students to write particular notes on a music whiteboard (like this one) or manuscript paper. You could give them just a letter name to draw or play a note on the piano. New notes can be written on the whiteboard and then propped up next to the piece they are learning
- Flashnote Derby iPad game (currently £4.99). Select two or more notes for students to identify.
- Finger Twister, Tippy Taps, and Wiggles and Waggles all help to reinforce finger numbers and connect number with action.
- Keyboard Builder gives students the chance to display their knowledge of the pattern of black keys on the piano. Piano Builder is a slightly more challenging version of this game.
- Lions, Tigers, and Bears can help to reinforce the link between the staff, the letter, and the piano key. Make sure you select the appropriate cards for the stage!
- Jungle Jump tests knowledge of Stage A letter names (middle C position).
- Finger numbers are tested in Finger Painting, Ant Climb, and Nails & Jems (all Piano Theory Funtime pack).
- There is a group of games in the Flashcard Fun (Notes) pack that allow you to select the notes you play with – perfect for quick games at any level.
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- Basics of the stave
- Symbols learned at this stage
- Stage A Notes 1a (x2)
- Treble clef: Middle C and G above
- Bass clef: Middle C and F below
- Stage A Notes 1b (x2)
- Treble clef: Middle C, D, and E
- Bass clef: Middle C, B, and A
- Stage A Notes 1c (x2)
- Treble clef D and bass clef B
- Bass clef A, B and middle C, and treble clef middle C, D, and E
- Stage A Note Names (x6)
- 3x Treble clef notes: Middle C up to G a 5th above
- 3 x Bass clef notes: Middle C down to F a 5th below
- All semibreve notes for clarity at the initial stages
- Stage A Letters and Lengths Quizzes (x6)
- 3x Treble clef notes as above
- 3 x Bass clef notes as above
- Stage A note lengths: crotchets, minims, dotted minims, semibreves
- Stage A Letters and Lengths Quizzes (x3)
- 3x quizzes asking students to identify stage A note names and lengths.
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